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Fundraising Ideas for Kids

So your kids come to you and say they want to do a fundraiser for something they care about. In addition to our tips on how to make this happen, here are some simple, short-term fundraising ideas that are manageable for you and will provide your children with a fun, interactive opportunity to make a difference. A few important considerations in selecting your fundraising activity:

  • Be sure the activities involved are age appropriate and easy to understand for the children that will be participating.
  • Consider a time limit on how long the fundraising efforts will last.
  • Be sure it’s safe: location, people, actual activities, etc.
  • Make it fun!
  • Complete the give. Be sure to include your children in physically making the donation. Consider having them draw pictures or write a brief paragraph about why they care about that organization and how they raised the funds.

So your kids come to you and say they want to do a fundraiser for something they care about. In addition to our tips on how to make this happen, here are some simple, short-term fundraising ideas that are manageable for you and will provide your children with a fun, interactive opportunity to make a difference. A few important considerations in selecting your fundraising activity:

  • Be sure the activities involved are age appropriate and easy to understand for the children that will be participating.
  • Consider a time limit on how long the fundraising efforts will last.
  • Be sure it’s safe: location, people, actual activities, etc.
  • Make it fun!
  • Complete the give. Be sure to include your children in physically making the donation. Consider having them draw pictures or write a brief paragraph about why they care about that organization and how they raised the funds.

Easy Fundraising Ideas for Kids: Bake Sale: Plan a day or two out and put the kids to work in the kitchen making their favorite cookies, brownies or other goodies.

  • Bag items individually and plan to have the bake sale within 24 hours of cooking.
  • Select a location – if you have a busy neighborhood, set up a table. Or, consider asking a local shopping center if you could set-up shop in a busy area at their site.
  • Make signs for your stand that advertise the goods and identify the beneficiary of the proceeds.
  • Price your baked goods and be sure you make enough money to cover costs.
  • Be sure you have a box to store the money and a small supply of cash so you can make change.

Charitable Lemonade Stand: You probably can’t find a person that didn’t host a lemonade stand at some point in their childhood. Kids love it and it’s really easy, so make it a charitable lemonade stand!

  • Make the lemonade and be sure to have napkins, ice and cups on hand at your stand. Consider including snacks like popcorn or cookies.
  • Select a location – if you have a busy neighborhood, set up a table. Or if you have time in advance, consider asking a local shopping center if you could set-up shop in a busy area at their site.
  • Make signs for your stand that advertise the lemonade and identify the beneficiary of the proceeds.
  • Be sure you have a box to store the money and a small supply of cash so you can make change.

Yard Sale: Yard sales are a great way to get rid of outgrown toys, clothing and household items you’re no longer using. And, if planned properly, can bring in an impressive return on effort.

  • Go through closets, the garage, toy boxes and kitchen cupboards and identify items that your family no longer needs. Price items according to value and condition.
  • Consider putting a notice in the newspaper. It’s inexpensive and will get the word out to the masses. Check your local paper for lead times.
  • A few days prior, put signs out in the area including the date, address and beneficiary of your yard sale.
  • Be sure to have signs at the actual sale that identify the beneficiary of the proceeds.

Charity Birthday: We love this idea. What better way for your children to share with those less fortunate?

Neighborhood car wash or dog wash: This might be more appropriate for older children and a great activity for a Saturday.

  • Create flyers and signs a few days prior to get the word out to neighbors that you’ll be hosting a car or dog wash at your house or moving from door to door (if you’re comfortable with this). Include the date, cost and identify the beneficiary of proceeds.
  • Gather supplies. Be sure you have quality products that others will be comfortable with your using to wash their car or dog.
  • If you have a larger group of teenagers for volunteers, you could organize a bigger car wash at a public location.

Do you have other ideas for easy fundraising for kids? We’d love to hear about them. Fill us in!